US Lawmakers Propose to Ban AI From Launching Singlehandedly Nuclear Weapons
In response to concerns about the possible danger of artificial intelligence (AI) choosing on its own, a group of US legislators has proposed a bill to stop AI-driven autonomous systems from manufacturing singlehandedly nuclear weapons.
This ”Block Nuclear Launch by Autonomous AI Act” has been introduced in the US by Senator Edward Markey (D-MA), Representatives Ted Lieu (D-CA), Don Beyer (D-VA), and Ken Buck (R-CO).
This proposed legislation would prohibit the launch of nuclear weapons employing an automated weapons system that is not under meaningful human control.
According to the 2022 Nuclear Posture Review, in all circumstances, the US will keep a human ” in the loop” for all decisions by the President that are crucial to initiate and stop nuclear weapon employment.
A previous report by the “National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence” advocated endorsing a ban on autonomous nuclear weapon launches, which should be implemented within the US government and encourage China and Russia to make similar pledges.
Millions of people would perish in a large-scale nuclear war and suffer from firestorms, radioactive fallout contamination, failed crops, and catastrophic climate effects.
The proposed bill emphasized the importance of human control, human legal judgment, and compliance with international humanitarian law in the nuclear command and control procedure.